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Schuyler County, Illinois

Schuyler County is a county in the U. S. state of Illinois. According to the 2010 census, it had a population of 7,544, its county seat is Rushville. Schuyler County was formed in 1825 out of Fulton counties, it is named for member of the Continental Congress and Senator from New York. According to the US Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 441 square miles, of which 437 square miles is land and 4.1 square miles is water. In recent years, average temperatures in the county seat of Rushville have ranged from a low of 15 °F in January to a high of 87 °F in July, although a record low of −26 °F was recorded in February 1905 and a record high of 113 °F was recorded in July 1936. Average monthly precipitation ranged from 1.55 inches in January to 5.14 inches in May. As of the 2010 United States Census, there were 7,544 people, 3,040 households, 2,014 families residing in the county; the population density was 17.3 inhabitants per square mile. There were 3,459 housing units at an average density of 7.9 per square mile.

The racial makeup of the county was 95.5% white, 3.2% black or African American, 0.2% American Indian, 0.1% Asian, 0.5% from other races, 0.5% from two or more races. Those of Hispanic or Latino origin made up 1.2% of the population. In terms of ancestry, 26.8% were American, 20.2% were German, 13.1% were English, 12.0% were Irish. Of the 3,040 households, 28.2% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 53.5% were married couples living together, 7.6% had a female householder with no husband present, 33.8% were non-families, 28.6% of all households were made up of individuals. The average household size was 2.33 and the average family size was 2.83. The median age was 43.6 years. The median income for a household in the county was $43,686 and the median income for a family was $51,654. Males had a median income of $40,998 versus $28,810 for females; the per capita income for the county was $20,649. About 8.6% of families and 14.0% of the population were below the poverty line, including 16.8% of those under age 18 and 14.1% of those age 65 or over.

Schuyler County is located in Illinois's 18th Congressional District and is represented by Republican Darin LaHood. For the Illinois House of Representatives, the county is located in the 93rd district and is represented by Republican Norine Hammond; the county is located in the 47th district of the Illinois Senate, is represented by Republican Jil Tracy. In presidential elections, Schuyler County favors Republican candidates, having voted for Democratic presidential candidates in only four elections during the period of 1944-2016. Since 1944, the Democratic candidate has won a majority of the vote in Schuyler County only once. Rushville Browning Camden Littleton National Register of Historic Places listings in Schuyler County Schuyler Tourism Schuyler Fact Sheet

Beit Ghazaleh

Beit Ghazaleh is one the largest and better-preserved palaces from the Ottoman period in Aleppo. It was named after the Ghazaleh family. Since 1914, it was used as a public school and was restored to host the Memory Museum of the city of Aleppo. Beit Ghazaleh is located in the Al-Jdayde district of Aleppo; the house is located on the Western edge of a large suburb inhabited by a multi-religious and multi-ethnic population. This neighbourhood to the North of the old city of Aleppo developed since the late Mameluke period; this area became the Christian quarter of Jdeideh, organically clustered around its churches. Here lived the notables of Aleppo's Christian communities, notably the Armenians who specialised in trade with India and Persia; the Ġazaleh House was built in front of two large Muslim waqfs — created in 1583-90 and 1653 — and together they form the monumental heart of a lively mixed Christian-Muslim neighbourhood. Unique for its size and decor, Beit Ghazaleh embodies the wealth and power of the Christian community in 17th century Aleppo.

The decorative panels of Beit Ghazaleh do not include human figure representations. This diversity of sources underlines the rich Arab culture and the eclecticism typical of Aleppo urban élites. Throughout the centuries, the mansion’s footprint expanded or contracted according to changing needs and fortunes. However, it always maintained a main central courtyard of 250m2. At its apex, the house covered an area of 1,600m2, with 570m2 occupied by six courtyards; the actual size of the complex is invisible from the outside. The present entrance was opened in the 19th century on the main street on the house’s East side; this entrance leads to the principal courtyard, the focal centre and the main thoroughfare to the rest of the house. Polychrome marble tiles, forming a "carpet" in front of the iwan, precede the great fountain in the courtyard, with its games of water, stone basins and cascades; the fine wall decorations in the courtyard are said to have been carved by the Armenian sculptor Khachadur Bali a member of the Balyan family of Ottoman court architects.

A North-South axis cuts through the whole house underlining the importance of the iwan from where it originates. This line divides the courtyard's paving and garden into a precise geometry; the rest of the space is organized according to the needs of the household and the shape of the plot without concern for symmetry. All around the main courtyard and doors punctuate the facades. Above these openings, the relative intricacy of the low relief decor surrounding them establishes the hierarchy of the rooms with the iwan at its summit; the stone decor of the iwan facade and of its annexes dates from mid-17th century. The painted wooden panels of the qubba and the surviving panels of the iwan are dated from the same period; the iwan, first meant to provide comfort from the summer heat, is thus the "centre" of the house and plays an essential symbolic role representing the power of the master of Beit Ghazaleh. The five rectangular rooms accessible from the courtyard were once decorated with woodwork that has now entirely disappeared.

The sixth room to the West is a vast T-shaped qa'a, indicative of power. Opposite the iwan, the North façade dates from the end of the 17th century, it is remarkable for its lavish decor, unique in Aleppo. In the centre, the ablaq emphasizes the strict symmetry of the facade, while the interior spaces do not follow the same organization. According to an inscription, the large room in the East Wing dates from 1691, its rich interior decoration refurbished in the 19th century, includes four distinct sets of inscriptions: Psalm 91 of the Bible on the ceiling cornice. The floor of the iwan, of some other rooms, has retained its old split-level organization; the spaces where you stand and circulate, the corridors and the ataba-s, are at the same level as the courtyard. The rest of each room, covered with mats and rugs, is about 50 centimetres higher; the line of sight and the height of cushions determine the height of the sills and windows and thus the internal and external organization of the facades.

The hammam steam bath in the northwest corner is comparable to a public bath, but presents a simplified plan because the vast'qâ‘a' served as a dressing room and resting space before and after bathing. Kitchens and other service quarters, stables and warehouses for provisions were situated to the North-east and South of the house, accessible from the alleys that surround the plot to the house's North and the South; the southwest corner of the courtyard, the West wing, was rebuilt in 1737. It includes three key elements: a large rectangular room with a fireplace, a large'qâ‘a' and a hammam; the T-shaped'qâ‘a' includes three iwan-s with wooden ceilings framing a ataba with a small octagonal basin in the centre, covered with a dome. The fourth facade of the ataba opens towards the central courtyard, its interior decor includes stone tiles with geometric patterns and wooden panels painted with cups and fruit bouquets in vases. The'qâ‘a' has t

Falmouth Foreside, Maine

Falmouth Foreside is a census-designated place within the town of Falmouth in Cumberland County, Maine, in the United States. As of the 2010 census, the CDP population was 1,511, it is Maine Metropolitan Statistical Area. Falmouth Foreside is located at 43°43′39″N 70°12′52″W. According to the United States Census Bureau, the CDP has a total area of 1.7 square miles, of which 1.5 square miles is land and 0.15 square miles, or 8.69%, is water. As of the census of 2000, there were 1,964 people, 746 households, 511 families residing in the CDP; the population density was 829.8 people per square mile. There were 794 housing units at an average density of 335.5/sq mi. The racial makeup of the CDP was 99.13% White, 0.41% Asian, 0.10% from other races, 0.36% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.25% of the population. There were 746 households out of which 31.4% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 59.8% were married couples living together, 7.5% had a female householder with no husband present, 31.4% were non-families.

26.8% of all households were made up of individuals and 13.8% had someone living alone, 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.38 and the average family size was 2.92. In the CDP, the population was spread out with 22.9% under the age of 18, 2.5% from 18 to 24, 22.4% from 25 to 44, 24.8% from 45 to 64, 27.3% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 46 years. For every 100 females, there were 80.2 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 73.0 males. The median income for a household in the CDP was $67,750, the median income for a family was $87,382. Males had a median income of $50,441 versus $37,708 for females; the per capita income for the CDP was $36,602. About 1.2% of families and 2.4% of the population were below the poverty line, including 3.4% of those under age 18 and 2.0% of those age 65 or over

West Washington Avenue Historic District

The West Washington Avenue Historic District of Jonesboro, encompasses a concentrated grouping of residential buildings built between 1890 and 1930. It represents the best-preserved section of the city's first planned subdivision, including thirteen historic properties on a 1-1/2 block stretch of West Washington Avenue extending east from Mclure Street and beyond Flint Street. Stylistically these houses represent a cross-section of architecture popular in the period, including Queen Anne Victorians and Tudor Revival structures. Most of the houses are built of brick, there is one church; the district was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1982. National Register of Historic Places listings in Craighead County, Arkansas

A1 road (Latvia)

The A1 is a national road in Latvia connecting Riga to Ainaži. The road is part of the Latvian TEN-T road network. Ainaži is Latvian community on the border with Estonia and north of Ainaži the road becomes Estonian National Road 4; the A1 was completely reconstructed between 2003 and 2007. The Saulkrasti bypass was built The road was reconstructed from Riga to Salacgrīva, the 80 kilometre long stretch was widened, with wider verges; the official speed limit of A1 is 90 km/h in winter. The A1 is part of the Via Baltica; the average AADT on the A1 in 2016 was 10655 cars per day. Rīga Ādaži Salacgrīva Autoceļš A1 in Google Maps

Pirates in Batavia

Pirates in Batavia was a water-dark ride at Europa-Park. The ride was built by Mack Rides in 1987 and was situated in a large hall at the Dutch themed area, designed as a typical Dutch clinker brick building from the outside. In some aspects the attraction was reminiscent of the different Pirates of the Caribbean-Rides at the Walt Disney parks; the story was set during a pirate raid on Jakarta in the 17th century at the beginning of the Dutch colonization of Indonesia. The building of the ride was characterized with a banner labeled with "Piraten in Batavia" in golden letters and a Jolly Roger; the station was situated on the first floor. On their way to the station, visitors were introduced to the backstory, while learning about the history of the Dutch colonisation of Indonesia, shown in different animated scenes. Mural paintings showed the Java Sea region, including the maps of Sumatra and Java. At the station the visitors got on one of the boats, each with a capacity of 16 riders; the first scene showed a cave in the Indonesian jungle, inhabited by different animals and humans.

After a wide bend, the boat went down a waterfall and passed through a battle scene, in which a pirate ship attacked a nearby fort. The scene was dominated by screaming pirates and gunfire. Through a break in the fortification wall, the boat arrived Batavia, full of marauding pirates. In the following scenes the visitor experienced how the pirates won over the native women, staving off their hunger by eating exotic animals and getting drunk; the ride carried on passing a hidden temple in the jungle, a burning fort, a fishermen's village and a jail. Just before the end of the ride, the boats passed a show venue on the right, embedded into the setting, the themed restaurant Bamboe Baai. On 26 May 2018, Pirates in Batavia burned to the ground in a colossal fire that destroyed the main themed area of the Scandinavia portion of the park; the cause of the fire is unknown, but a fireball erupted in a storage hall and spread towards the ride building resulting in high flames and a smoke plume stretching for miles.

At first, the area was evacuated, but this was revised to include the whole park. The park re-opened on Sunday, albeit with the Scandinavia and Norwegian sections of the ride closed. Two attractions, the'Fjord-Rafting' and the'Dschungel-Floßfahrt' remained closed, as firefighters had used water from those attractions to battle the fire. Http://www.fallingfalling.com/ Media related to Piraten in Batavia at Wikimedia Commons Official page of Europa-Park attraction Pirates in Batavia on freizeitpark-welt.de Pirates in Batavia on flickr.com